Hostgator Review: A Complete Overview of Pros & Cons

Hostgator was established in 2002 and best known for its unlimited shared web hosting plans. In 2012 it was taken under by Endurance International Group (EIG). Apart from shared hosting its also various services like WordPress, VPS hosting, and Dedicated servers. Hostgator offers the following products:

  • Domain names: Hostgator provides a domain name though they are not the leading domain name registrar. For the first year, it charges $12.95 and on renewal $17.99 is charged.
  • WordPress Hosting: For WordPress Hosting charges $12.95 for one website, this may vary up to $81.95 per month.
  • VPS (Virtual Private Sector): For smaller and medium websites, it offers a shared server that is divided into sub servers. Hostgator offers the VPS plan starting from $80 per month.
  • Cloud Hosting: Hostgator helps in hosting the website not on one server but on several servers. You may own a single server and do not require to share it with others. You can add the resources or remove them according to your requirement. The plan starts from $10.95 per month.
  • Website Builder: For the user who do not have technical knowledge of creating a website, Hostgator offers a website builder called gator.
  • Dedicated Server: Hostgator provides a dedicated server to its user only if the website owners have a minimum of 10,000 visits per month. You can purchase your won dedicated server at $190 per month.

Hostgator Plans and Pricing

1) Shared Hosting

All shared hosting plans offer unlimited bandwidth and storage.

Hatching – starting from $2.75/month

    • One website.
    • Free SSL Certificate. 

Baby – starting from $3.95/month

    • Unlimited websites
    • Free SSL Certificate.

Business – starting from $5.95/month

    • Unlimited websites
    • Free SSL
    • IP address

2) Cloud Hosting

In this plan, Hostgator provides you with low-cost cloud hosting and offers a virtual private server.

Hatchling Cloud – starting from $4.95/month

    • one website
    • 2GB RAM
    • 2 core CPU
    • Free SSL certificate

Baby Cloud – starting from $6.57/month

    • Unlimited websites
    • 4GB RAM
    • 4 core CPU
    • Free SSL Certificate.

Business Cloud – starting from $9.95/month

    • Unlimited websites
    • 6GB RAM
    • 6 core CPU
    • Free SSL Certificate.

3) VPS Hosting

All the plan offers you with cPanel and does not offer SSD under VPS hosting plans. This is one of the disadvantages of this plan.

Snappy 2000 – starting from $29.95/month (renews at $79.95/month)

    • 2 Cores
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 120 GB Storage
    • 1 TB Bandwidth
    • 1 IP Address

Snappy 4000 – starting from $39.95/month (renews at $119.95/month)

    • 2 Cores
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 165 GB Storage
    • 2 TB Bandwidth
    • 2 IP Addresses

Snappy 8000 – starting from $49.95/month (renews at $149.95/month)

    • 4 Cores
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 240 GB Storage
    • 3 TB Bandwidth
    • 2 IP Addresses

4) Dedicated Servers

Below are the List of plans for dedicated servers:

Value Server – starting from $118.99/month

    • 4 cores @ 2.1 GHz
    • 1 TB HDD
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 3 IP Addresses

Power Server – starting from $138.88/month

    • 4 cores @ 2.1 GHz
    • 2 TB HDD
    • 8 GB RAM
    • Unlimited Bandwidth.
    • 3 IP Addresses

Enterprise Server – starting from $148.98/month

    • 4 cores @ 2.1 GHz
    • 1 TB SSD
    • 16 GB RAM
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
    • 3 IP Addresses

Pros –

  • Flexible terms: Hostgator offers flexibility in purchasing the plans as any plan can be purchased in 1,3,6,12,24 or 36 months.
  • Unlimited bandwidth: They offer unlimited bandit without any minimum visits to your site.
  • Supports many programming languages: Hostgator provides support to various programming languages like PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and Python.
  • Unlimited Storage: All the plans offered by Hostgator provide unlimited storage but all of your files combined must not be more than 200,000.
  • Free Website Migration: Unlike Bluehost, Hostgator offers up to 5 websites migration but that depends on the plan you have purchased.

Cons –

  • Poor Backups: Backup options are limited and are only provided unless you pay extra.
  • Renewal plans are a little expensive: Starting prices are cheap but as soon you opt for renewal the price gets higher.
  • Unnecessary upsells: The backend is packed with constant and useless upsell options.

Hostgator offer an affordable price range of plan for new website starters and provides you with generous storage. It also supports various programming languages and has an easy-to-use interface. In case you are working on large projects, it might not be suitable as it has low uptime speed which can affect the SEO, and does not include a backup system.


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